Claudia Emmanuela Santoso moved from Indonesian city of Cirebon to Germany in Summer 2018. The talented singer has just won the German reality talent show "The Voice of Germany."
All four coaches turned around in their swivel chairs to check out the singer during the blind audition phase of the most recent casting forThe Voice of Germany— and that is unusual. Prominent musicians themselves, the coaches try to win young talents for their respective teams to win the show. In the first rounds, the jurors sit with their backs to the participants; the singers'voices alone are to convince the jurorsto pick a singer for their team.
At her first appearance a few weeks ago, Claudia Emmanuela Santoso got to choose which team she wanted to join, each headed by a star. Rea Garvey, Sido, Alice Merton andMark Forsterall hit their buzzers when the 18-year-old sang "Never Enough" from the filmThe Greatest Showman. Her vocal power convinced them all. "We can go straight to the finale," said Rea Garvey. In the end, Santoso chose the team headed by pop musician Alice Mertons ("No Roots"). "You rock my world," an emotional Merton said.
Is she a robot or a machine?
A video of her first performance onThe Voice of Germanygarnered her more than 21 million views on YouTube. Round after round, she cemented her great talent. "I have the feeling that you are a robot or a machine …How can you sing so perfectly? It's unbelievable," said German rapper Sido. The young singer — who laughs with glee when showered with praise, flashing her braces— has certainly won the hearts of the coaches and the audience alike.
People in her hometown of Cirebon flock to public venues to watch her performances in the German casting show. The Indonesian daily Kompasreported about Claudia Emmanuela Santoso, and the Indonesian Consul General in Frankfurt congratulated her on Twitter on her success.
"I hope to learn a lot by participating inThe Voice of Germany," the young talent said, adding she hopes to make new connections, meet people and get to know the entertainment industry. "The most important thing for me is to create something, my own song or a single," she said. "I want to give my own concerts — but I also want to continue my studies." Santoso studies music in Munich.
In Munich, the young woman is active in an Indonesian community — that helpsagainst feeling homesick.She moved to Germany alone, without her family. They watched her first performances from home via video messenger, but for the finals on Sunday, the family washeadedto Germany to support Claudia Emmanuella Santoso, hopingfor a great triumph.
They weren't let down, as Santoso won with 46% of the audience vote. She and the other finalists will start at tour of Germany on December 6.